Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 18, 2013

Gerald Russell Fifarek

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Gerald Russell Fifarek, 72, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. Jerry was born on May 25, 1941, in Traverse City, to the late Gerald and Florence (Glazier) Fifarek.

He married Theresa Rosinski in Cedar on Oct. 19, 1963. Together they lovingly raised two wonderful children.

Jerry graduated from St. Francis Catholic School in the class of 1959.

Following high school he went in the U.S. Army Reserves and honorably served for six years. During that time he attended school at Northwestern Michigan College and went to work for Traverse City Light and Power. He retired from Traverse City Light and Power after many years of dedicated service.

In Jerry’s spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, grocery shopping for the deals and White Hot Aces at the casino. He especially loved to spend time at his family’s hunting cabin.

Most importantly, Gerald will fondly be remembered for his sense of humor and love he had for his family. Jerry will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Surviving Jerry are his children, Jerilyn (Thomas) Blake and Anthony (Kelley) Fifarek; grandchildren, Jenna, Josie, Abigail, Emma, Tommy and Gabriel; and many other loving family members and friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Theresa.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Scripture service, today, Sept. 18, 2013, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church, with a visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place at the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Father Fred Foundation.

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